Cakes of the Week
Except for a handful of days since this post, I really have had cake everyday. Some people wonder why I am not as big as a house. It might be true that I am a little thicker around the middle since my cake-baking craze started this summer, but I try to eat in moderation. One little piece of cake a day is not so bad if I stay away from all other junk food. I’ve been trying a new breakfast regime that has been helping me a lot, but I will talk about that another day.
In the meantime, I have cake to show you.
One of my favorite cakes is Red Velvet Cake. I know using food coloring is controversial, but I make an exception for this cake and for frostings. Isn’t it a great looking cake?
You can find the recipe here. I have been making this recipe for years and will probably continue to do so until I can no longer turn on a mixer.
To make the gluten free/egg free guests happy, I also made a vegan chocolate cake from this book. I used the same frosting and fruit as the red velvet cake.
The cake was a little dry around the edges, but otherwise moist and good. The only change I made to the recipe was to substitute King Arthur’s GF all-purpose flour for the regular flour. I will be keeping this recipe around and playing with it for a bit to see if I can make it better.
After sending home leftover cake with various friends, we really only had a little bit of cake left, so I made another one. This time, I made the Plum Streusel Cake with Toffee Glaze from Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz.
This cake was a little heavy on the cardamom. I’d probably cut that in half next time I make it. Otherwise, it was really yummy. Have I said how much I love baked plums? They are really wonderful; tart and sweet and mellow. The toffee glaze was good enough to eat out of the pot. It would make a really great topping for ice cream, fruit, yogurt, whatever!
Well, I’m not done with cake yet this week. Someone in the house is having a birthday next week, so I have to start working on that one. Good thing I love cake!